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"So, how is the body supposed to tell between starvation and a diet? It can’t."

"for 40,000 years the primary threat to the majority of humans tended to be not getting enough to eat. In fact, this was true until the end of World War II in the United States and is still true in many Third World countries (and for some in the West as well) today. Since starvation was common, our bodies learned to hold onto weight at all costs. Any time our bodies experience lack, they learn to be more efficient in holding weight: i.e. the body that experiences lack increases the set point. Children who experience famine have very efficient bodies – bodies designed to hold onto fat. People who experience starvation repeatedly will have bodies that get better and better at holding on to fat.

So, how is the body supposed to tell between starvation and a diet? It can’t. All the body knows is that the signals (signals of hunger or craving) it is sending are being ignored. And the only way it knows to respond is as if there is a famine. It holds onto weight and creates a demand for high calorie foods. And so the diet fails for the majority of us.”

~Talking Fat, by Lonie McMichael, PhD (via loniemc)

loniemc:

Last year the AMA decided that fat people were just a disease.

"At its heart, fat is really just an adjective. A description. [It’s] neutral on its own. Negative connotations are introduced to the word rather than being inherent in it. Fat is just fat and [it’s] a word we have to reclaim. As long as “fat” is unspeakable, then fat people will be dehumanized and stigmatized. We need to make the word neutral again. We need to win it back from those who’d rather use the word as a club to beat us with than a word to describe us."

Red No. 3 (Brian Stuart), More to Love: Fat Semantics (via loniemc)

"Hate speech cannot be health speech."

Deb Burgard, keynote at the 2011 NAAFA conference (via loniemc)

"Fat acceptance doesn’t say, “There’s no such thing as a person who eats herself fat.” Fat acceptance does say, “You can’t assume all fat people have eaten themselves fat, and you can’t tell who has and who hasn’t just by looking, and **it’s a private and personal fricking issue anyway, not some horrible morality violation, so butt the hell out.**”"

Meowser, “The Elephant (So to Speak) in the Room” comment posted on Shapely Prose. (via loniemc)

bumsquash:

chubbyiskawaii:

Credit for this letter goes to Linda Bacon, author of Health At Every Size (read it here).

It’s also worthwhile to note that nobody is entitled to be ‘healthy’ if they don’t want to be. But for those who do, this is a nice little resource to give to your family who is always trying to control what or how you eat.

Fat does not automatically translate to unhealthy.

yes.

"We are prescribing for fat people what we diagnose as disordered eating in thin people."

Deb Burgard, keynote at the 2011 NAAFA conference (via loniemc)

"You would think that fat individuals would breathe a sigh of relief at hearing that fat isn’t changeable. Experts often tout this belief when arguing against fat acceptance. … In fact, I have had people sneer or laugh at my work, but when someone gets upset at me, even furious, they are almost always very fat. In my experience, most fat people desperately want to be thinner and will try anything and everything to get that way.

When I tell them they have very little chance of ever being slim, I am telling them that, with our society as it is, they will always be socially unacceptable.

When I tell someone they have no hope of being thinner, I tell them they have no hope of this changing, unless they are willing to fight in order to change society – a much bigger job than a diet. No wonder people are willing to mutilate their bodies and risk death in order to be thinner. That is, most fat individuals would do anything to be socially acceptable."

Lonie McMichael, Talking Fat (via loniemc)

"As almost always happens when I’m in the media, they brought up the concern that I am “promoting obesity”. I’ve observed that this happens almost any time a fat person is shown in the media being good at anything or having any kind of success not tied to weight loss. This is among the most ridiculous things that I’ve ever heard. As if someone will see me dancing and think “I wish I could dance like that. The secret must be her obesity – screw dance lessons, I’m going to try to get fat!”. It’s insulting to my years of hard work and training, and it’s insulting to your intelligence. Like’s it the new V8 commercial: millions of thin people, who see the same 386,170 negative messages a year about fat people, will see one of us being successful in some way, smack their foreheads and say “I coulda been fat!”

Not to mention that if we follow the “logic” that putting fat people in the public eye as anything other than the confirmation of a stereotype or an ad for stomach amputation is “promoting obesity”, then what we are actually saying is that fat people should never see anyone who looks like them in a positive light. We seriously believe that the best thing that we can do is make sure that fat people should never see someone who looks like them being active or successful or happy. How messed up is that? How cruel? First you tell fat people that they are all lazy, unsuccessful, and unloveable, then you purposefully hide all the evidence to the contrary under the guise of not “promoting obesity”, then you use the lack of evidence that you created to “prove” that all fat people are lazy, unsuccessful and unloveable. Step three: Profits! Sixty billion a year, in fact, for the diet industry."

"I’m sad to say that I’ve been inculcated with enough societal garbage that I occasionally hate my own body—but as a thin (white, able-bodied, etc.) person I cannot fathom what it must be like to have others take it upon themselves to hate my body for me. As I’ve said before, if you think fat people have no self-discipline, consider the fact that they haven’t killed you yet."

Robin “Miss Conduct” Abrahams, on Fat Blogs (via loniemc)